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About Alberta’s Professional Life

Alberta at Tony's
I was supposed to be sitting on a tropical island soaking up all the sun with my retirement, but God had other plans for me. From the loss of my first husband, Richard Lopes, and my second tragedy of losing one of our daughters, Lori Cahill, both from North Dighton, Massachusetts from their alcohol addiction, in 2007 I became a four-time award winning author, and a Motivational Speaker on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

I am now a producer, director and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV Station out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. I joined three other authors and became a co-founder to Authors Without Borders ( and we interview and showcase other people in the publishing world; authors, publishers, artist, poetics, and more. They become associated members to our group with perks, like being on our cable TV show. If any authors from our area want to be on our cable show, visit our site.

My love for writing and teaching others has had me create and facilitate courses for Osher Life Learning Institute at University of Mass/Boston and Dartmouth, and other locations in Massachusetts with my two three-hour courses to help writers get introduced to the world of publishing with the good and bad points to be aware of at the time. For those who can’t attend, I published Bring Your Manuscript to Publication and How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. (

My talks have taken me behind closed doors to halfway homes, substance abuse locations, court-ordered programs, and public locations to speak to family members. I have appeared on many radio and blog shows and write for the Cape Cod Times blog on the topic of alcohol abuse and several local newspapers.

My first memoir is A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey To Medjugorje, which is about love, faith and miracles. This book is a heart-felt story of my life growing up with my father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm, who had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles like Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge. Watching the devotion of my father with The Blessed Mother through the rosary while lying in bed dying and three miracles that touched my heart after his death had taken me on a ten day pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a tiny, remote village in Bosnia, where I witnessed visionaries having apparitions with The Blessed Mother.

My second memoir Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, is about my young marriage living with an alcoholic husband and our two daughters, Debbie and Lori. The story takes you behind closed doors and how alcoholic families live in silence with the confusion, fear and sometimes abuse. It’s a roller coaster with Richie’s struggle trying to combat his alcoholic addiction to only die in 1985 at forty-five years of age from substance abuse. This story is a book of lessons showing how enabling only brings the alcoholic deeper into their addiction.

The sequel Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism is the continuation of our lives after Richie’s death, and follows Lori going down the same path as her father, and died in 2006 at thirty-nine years old after being admitted to three alcohol rehabs to overcome her own addiction. This book contains some of my speaking engagements to alcoholic abusers privately at their locations.

On January 28, 2014, I published my first Narrative Non-Fiction book What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholics and Addicts; In Their Own Words, which I consider to be the conclusion to my other two books on addiction. This is a book of testimonies from thirty-four recovering alcoholics and drug users from all walks of life from the United States and Canada with their testimonies on what hasn’t and isn’t working in their recovery programs. They are reaching out to doctors, counselors, family members and society on different ways to help the substance abuser. This is a book for all family members learning what the addict looks for from all of us to desire the help from professionals.

I am now writing my first fictional The Rusty Years to show a lighter side to me. The fun is taking over with making characters come alive and bringing a heartwarming story for readers to enjoy. Hopefully, it will be out in 2017.

I hope you enjoy my blog and return. I try to update new articles and writings to help everyone, the addicted or their family, to see how we all suffer in some way with alcohol and drug abuse.

All my books are in paperback and Kindle at

Alberta Sequeira

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